Chiefs news for May 30, 2023
Good morning AG!
Today in Chiefs’ history, John Alt was born on this date in 1962
Today in Non-Chiefs’ history, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431; Columbus left Spain on his 3rd Voyage in 1498; DeSoto landed in what would become Florida in 1539 (and was immediately pronounced as being “too woke”); Andrew Jackson killed Charles Dickinson in a duel in 1806; the Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883, causing a stampede that killed 12 (you would’ve thought it was a soccer game); the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated by US Chief Justice William Howard Taft in 1922; and Walter Johnson records 110th and final shutout of his Baseball HOF career, the most in MLB history in 1927
And now, on to the news, beginning with the Deandre Hopkins Rumor Mill du Jour stuff … enjoy!
Will DeAndre Hopkins upgrade one of Bengals’ biggest rivals? | Bengals Wire
It sure sounds like another big-name wide receiver could be joining the AFC North or some of the most direct competition for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2023.
The Arizona Cardinals reportedly intend to release DeAndre Hopkins and it didn’t take long for Bengals rivals to come up in speculation and buzz.
Despite seemingly being strapped for cap space, the Kansas City Chiefs have come up in Hopkins buzz. That’s a chilling thought for opposing defenses considering Patrick Mahomes’ wideout group already boasts Kadarius Toney and others.
Cardinals reportedly were unhappy that DeAndre Hopkins sat out last two weeks of 2023 PFT via yahoo!sports
As the Cardinals hand high-end receiver DeAndre Hopkins to any other team without compensation, some fans might not understand why the Cardinals would do that. Thus, it’s helpful to have a reason for terminating the contract — even if the reason is only surfacing for the first time now.
Kyle Odegard, who previously worked for the team, reports that Hopkins “upset some in the Cardinals organization by sitting out the final two games of the 2022 season even though he was healthy,” and that it might have been “a sticky situation if he remained with the team until the trade deadline.”
Trio of former Sooners OL among the highest graded in the NFL over the last two seasons | Sooners Wire
The Oklahoma Sooners have had an incredible run putting offensive linemen in the NFL over the last two decades.
Over the last two years, three Sooners have been the highest-graded at their position. Trent Williams (LT), Creed Humphrey (C), and Lane Johnson (RT) are the highest-graded players at their positions, according to Pro Football Focus.
Chiefs Check-in: Memorial Day marks milestone in the Chiefs’ offseason | Chiefs Wire
The Kansas City Chiefs have nearly made it to the end of May, which means they’re at the halfway point of the offseason.
Experts hand out grades for Chiefs’ 2023 offseason | Chiefs Wire
The Kansas City Chiefs are in the midst of Phase 3 of the offseason program.
While Brett Veach’s work to compose a roster for the 2023 NFL season is hardly complete, the front office has assembled their initial 90-man roster. They’ve made additions at the top of the roster all the way down to the bottom, featuring some new faces who will help the team defend their Super Bowl title in 2023.
Chiefs free agents still available on the open market | Chiefs Wire
The Kansas City Chiefs had two dozen players hit free agency back in March. Typically, they’ve either re-signed or lost most of those players to other clubs at this point of the offseason. Shockingly, there are a few players who still remain free agents — all on the defensive side of the ball.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes says Rashee Rice has a ‘veteran-type mindset’ | Chiefs Wire
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes happened to work out with Rashee Rice ahead of the 2023 NFL draft by sheer chance. Now, just a few months later, Mahomes is already seeing some growth from his newest wide receiver.
Speaking on his impressions of him from what he saw in Texas, Mahomes spoke mainly on his route running and how his mindset in that regard is more like that of a veteran than a rookie.
Chiefs’ offensive tackle situation might not be set in stone | Chiefs Wire
When the Kansas City Chiefs signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers LT Donovan Smith, it cast doubt over everything fans had been told about the plan at offensive tackle this offseason.
Ever since the team signed former Jacksonville Jaguars RT Jawaan Taylor at the onset of free agency, they’d been peddling the plan to move Taylor to the left side. That plan seemingly changed after the draft when the team added Smith, with Andy Reid saying it’d allow the Chiefs to leave Taylor at right tackle.
Why new Chiefs free-agent signing believes he’ll have a bounce-back season in 2023 | Kansas City Star via yahoo!sports
Kansas City Chiefs new left tackle Donovan Smith should’ve had a front-row seat for teammate Patrick Mahomes completing all sorts of high-difficulty passes during Wednesday’s OTAs practice at the team facility.
Smith, though, said he didn’t have time to enjoy any of that.
The tricky business of building winning rosters around franchise QBs | ABC 30 News (Fresno, CA)
Mahomes and Kansas City agreed to an eye-popping $503 million deal after he led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl in 2020. The extension spans 10 years — an unusual contract length by NFL standards.
“Some people, they might say he is underpaid,” Carthon said about Mahomes, who averages $45 million per season. “But you know, he has it figured out and it’s cap-friendly and allows them to keep their guys and keep signing guys.”
Today, we remember & honor the fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. pic.twitter.com/0MM12BSvsG— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) May 29, 2023
… not to mention the NHL Finals are set (in ice) with the Florida Panthers and the Vegas Golden Knights for the Stanley Cup Trophy
Golden Knights reach 2nd Stanley Cup Final after Game 6 win over Stars | AP News
William Karlsson, William Carrier and Jonathan Marchessault are finally getting another chance in the Stanley Cup Final, after the first one that came so quick for the Vegas Golden Knights.
They are going back after making sure they didn’t need another game against the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Final.
Karlsson scored two goals and had an assist while Carrier and Marchessault also scored for the Knights in a 6-0 rout Monday night over the Stars, who had extended the West final to six games after losing the first three.